Hello, Bookaholics! I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to talk a little bit about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And I said “a little bit”, because I am trying, just like in the previous post (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone~ book review), not to give you any spoilers. This being said, let’s dive in!
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he is packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl’s bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – something is attacking Hogwarts students, making them rigid like statues. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects … Harry Potter himself!
1. A Reader’s POV on this book:
The best part of this book is that we receive a tiny glimpse of Voldemort (alias Tom Marvolo Riddle) when he was a student at Hogwarts, this allowing J.K Rowling to start taking us on a journey through Voldemort’s life before he became the most feared villain in the Wizarding World. A journey that would keep going for all of tge next volumes, never running out of resources and details that will make our minds swirl and twirl while trying to keep up with Rowling’s genius.
Also, as a reader, you kind of start forming ships between characters, at this point. You start imagining who will they end up with, even if J.K. is making them seem way too immature for this thing… but of course, we know better than that how today’s 12 year-olds act like.
2. A Writer’s POV on this book:
As a writer, you can definitely learn a thing or two from J.K. Rowling. For example, above the things that I mentioned in my last post, the fact she is improving her style with each new volume is nothing new anymore. It is obvious that this is how you get better. Not by waiting for inspiration to hit you, but by simply writing. The most valuable thing that I have personally learned from this woman is that you should never give up on your dream, no matter how many people “advise” you to quit. And if we’re talking writing, the key to evolution and to creating your own best style, is to learn from bigger writers (so you are forced to read) and writing. This is one of the very few fields in which, at least in the beginning, quantity means more than quality. Just read any writer’s first published work, and their latest, if you don’t believe this theory. Then compare both the works. You might not even believe that the same person wrote them. And, in a way, it might be so.
You know what they say… whatever job you’d have, you can only advance by learning from those who either are better than you, either have been in the field for a longer time than you have. Writing requires the same thing. You get to build your own style by studying others’. And let me tell you one more secret: don’t struggle to be original. Just think of tbe millions of books out there. Do you really really think that you do stand any chance to come with something 100% original, something that has never been done before? Obviously, you don’t. So don’t try to be original. Instead, focus on being yourself, being honest with your readers (although not too honest; remember: show, don’t tell). This is the only way you can bring somehing unique (even though not original) to your work.
That was all for today, my darlings, I hope you enjoyed it, or at least learned something from it, and if you did, share it with your Potterhead friends, leave a like, subscribe and comment here, and I’ll see you with my next post. 🙃
LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡